My colleague Jan Lahoda started to blog about the upcoming features of the NetBeans Editor in version 6.0 (that's one version after 5.5 which is scheduled for October 2006). NetBeans 6.0 will be available during next year (the schedule is unclear yet) and creating a more productive editor is one of the main goals. For that reason the infrastructure is being rewritten - this project is under development for many months and some of the new features are already available in form of a prototype. Jan's post discusses the first set of new features
which include improved syntax coloring both for java sources and for javadoc.
There's really a lot to look forward - I've seen the prototype and it's all about adding intelligent features which help you code faster or read code faster. Thanks to the new infrastructure it will be possible to do things which were almost impossible before - better formatting, faster code completion, more hints and intelligent templates... and who knows, perhaps incremental compilation will be there as well... let 6.0 surprise us :)